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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
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TIME SPENT ON CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

The ABS (2008e) publication How Australians Use Their Time, 2006 (cat. no. 4153.0) presents data from the Time Use Survey which was conducted in 2006. People aged 15 years and over were asked to record what they did during a two-day period in five minute intervals. Information was recorded on necessary activities such as eating and sleeping, and the usual activities such as paid work, study, housework and unpaid community work.

The time left in the day after these activities have been accounted for was considered free time, and it is under the broad heading of free time that most culture and recreation activities appear.

Many free time activities can be undertaken simultaneously with another activity (e.g. watching TV while eating a meal, or listening to the radio while doing housework). The information presented in table 1.1 shows the time spent by participants on each activity, regardless of whether it was the main activity being undertaken at the time or whether it was a secondary activity being undertaken simultaneously.

TV watching/listening was found to be the activity which took up most people's leisure time. On a daily basis 87% of Australians watched or listened to TV for an average of just under 3 hours (179 minutes), down slightly from the 1997 figure of 182 minutes. This means that in 2006, Australians aged 15 years and over spent a total of 42 million hours watching or listening to TV each day.

With participation rates of 48% and 44% respectively, Listening to the radio and Reading were the next most common leisure time activities undertaken. On average, Australians listened to just over 2 hours (123 minutes) of radio and read for 76 minutes per day.

1.1 AVERAGE TIME SPENT ON SELECTED CULTURE AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES(a)(b)(c) - 2006

Participants' average
Participation rate
Total time spent by all Australians
Average % of day spent on activity by all Australians
minutes per day
%
Millions of person hours per day
%

Visiting entertainment and cultural venues
114
4.3
1.3
0.3
Attendance at sports event
127
1.6
0.5
0.1
Religious activities/ritual ceremonies
91
5.3
1.3
0.3
Sport and outdoor activity
88
25.6
6.2
1.5
Games/hobbies/arts/crafts
100
17.7
4.9
1.2
Reading
76
43.7
8.9
2.3
TV watching/listening
179
87.4
42.0
10.8
Video/DVD watching
109
8.3
2.4
0.6
Listening to radio
123
47.9
15.9
4.1
Listening to records/tapes/CDs and other audio media
71
5.6
1.1
0.3
Attendance at courses (excluding school and university)
113
0.6
0.2
-
Audio/visual media nec(d)
83
22.7
5.8
1.3

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Includes only those that have taken part in the activity.
(b) Includes cultural activities that were undertaken as a secondary activity.
(c) Persons aged 15 years and over.
(d) Computer and internet use, other than for games.
Source: How Australians Use Their Time, 2006 (cat. no. 4153.0).


The Time Use Survey (ABS 2008e) found that Visiting entertainment and cultural venues attracted about 4% of the population who spent on average about two hours (114 minutes) when they attended. The total time spent by all Australians on Visiting entertainment and cultural venues (1.3 million person hours per day) was similar to the time spent on Religious activities and Listening to records, tapes and CDs (1.3 million person hours per day and 1.1 million person hours per day respectively).





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